“Is your soul saved?”, Asked John.
“No, I am not saved!” The desparate man replied.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!” Shouted John Harper.
This was not a typical evengelism outreach meeting. It happened on the starry night of 14th April 1912. Both John Harper and the man were literally hanging on for their dear lives in the middle of icy water of the Atlantic ocean.
John Harper was a scottish baptist pastor from Great Britain who was invited to preach in the Moody Church, Chicago. He was on the Titanic, when it sank. He was traveling with his sister and a daughter. As the ship sank, John made sure that his daughter and sister were in one of the lifeboats, but he himself chose to stay behind. In few hours, he was clinging to the wreckage of the ship where he saw another man floating, trying to survive. In that desparate moment he asked the most important question.
“Is your soul saved?”
John Harper continued to preach the gospel to the very end of his life. The unknown survivor lived on to tell the story of John Harper’s passion for the gospel. He was the last convert of John Harper. It is amazing to know that God’s love for us is so deep that He is willing to send his people in the most unusual places.
Have you ever wondered how far will Jesus go to reach out and save the lost? Luke 23:39-43 tells us the incredible story of Jesus’s last convert before death on the cross!
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
We are reminded, “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” for us. (Ephesians 3:18)